An exceptional 24 attorneys sweep the 2024 edition of The Legal 500, one of the world’s leading legal directories, including 18 key attorneys and leading individuals Gwilym Roberts, Rowena Tolley and Carrollanne Lindley.
The Legal 500 summarises the firm’s strengths by their “client focus, creativity, and excellence, making them a unique IP firm to work with”.
Kilburn & Strode’s team is highly motivated and professional. You can feel the enthusiasm of the team towards their work.”
“Standout individuals” Nick Bassil, Jennifer Harris, Sarah Lau, and Mark Abthorpe in the Life Sciences & Chemistry practice group have been heralded for their exceptional work:
All have excellent technical knowledge and are great communicators”
Other key individuals in the Life Sciences and Chemistry team have been praised for exhibiting an exceptional commercial understanding, including Duncan Bull who was recognised for gaining "a deep understanding of his client’s business needs".
Similarly, Elizabeth Crooks’ "problem-solving abilities, creative use of case law, and practical and pragmatic approaches to addressing patent issues", is what sets her and her team apart from their peers.
From the Tech & Engineering practice group, partner Gareth Fennell impressed with his “valuable advice on IP strategy and legal counselling on IP related matters”. Partner Robin Lloyd was praised for his "great attention to detail" and for being "practical yet also creative with commercial solutions.”
Trade mark group lead Iain Stewart and his team have been described as “phenomenal” for their “responsiveness, their consideration of business concerns, and their ability to present holistic solutions to issues”.
A standout team that is always commercial”
The firm has been praised for its "deep trade mark expertise", with Ryan Pixton in particular being applauded for managing "some of the firm’s largest clients, assisting them with multinational filings, oppositions, litigation support, and enforcement matters".
Partner Rowena Tolley was distinguished for her "commercially and legally driven" focused advice in prosecution and contentious matters, being described as “highly responsive, knowledgeable, practical, and a joy to work with" an exceptional trade mark attorney.
Rowena, along with Carrollanne Lindley and Ben Scarfield, have all been commended for their “immense knowledge” and for being “a joy to work with”.
The Legal 500 conducts in-depth analyses into the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market.
A deep geographical reach
The Legal 500 recognises the firm’s successful growth strategy, which is continuing to make a postive impact:
With an office in California, the practice is able to service its Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based clients effectively”
Breadth and depth, no matter the sector
Kilburn & Strode’s “good knowledge of a wide variety of industry sectors” led by “excellent and very smart individuals” has been a key driving force in the firm's overall success.
The team has seen a growth in activity regarding the AI, food and beverages, and healthcare sectors, and continues to be strong in the life sciences and technology spaces”
Accolades for Kilburn & Strode’s patent, trade mark and design services
Kilburn & Strode’s patent practice, which spans the Life Sciences & Chemistry and Tech and Engineering fields, led by practice heads Nick Lee, Gareth Fennell and Robin Lloyd, with the oversight of Managing Partner Richard Howson, was hailed for displaying “strong expertise across a wide variety of technologies and IP subject matter," including “supporting clients in EPO prosecutions, oppositions, and appeals". The attorneys were praised for being “among the best at asking the right questions and driving for not necessarily a quick win, but flexibility and higher value”.
The trade marks team, led by Iain Stewart, was applauded for "knowing the law inside out, understanding clients’ commercial aims, and keeping them informed regularly”. They have been described as the “go-to team for all trade mark prosecution and enforcement matters in the EU and UK”.
Finally, the firm was commended for its design and copyright services:
Established itself as a leading firm in this increasingly important area of IP law.”
Kilburn & Strode thanks The Legal 500, our clients, and contacts who took part in the research and congratulates all of the attorneys who have been ranked in this year’s guide.
For full details of the rankings in The Legal 500 2024, please click here.